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Professor Katharine Robson Brown

Professor Katharine Robson Brown

Professor Katharine Robson Brown
B.A., Ph.D.(Cantab.)

Director of the Jean Golding Institute

Professor of Biological Anthropology

Senate House,
Tyndall Avenue, Clifton BS8 1TH
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+44 (0) 117 954 6081


• Human evolution, and functional anatomy at the level of microstructure

• Osteoarchaeology, and the African diaspora

• Postcranial morphological variation within modern human populations

• Biomechanics of the spine in humans and other primates

• MicroCT technology and its application to archaeology and anthropology


I am Professor of Biological Anthropology and Director of the Micro CT Imaging Laboratory. Following my first degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, and PhD in phylogenetics at the University of Cambridge, I joined the University of Bristol in 1997. My current research interests include osteoarchaeology, human functional morphology, evolutionary biomechanics and the relationship between the microarchitecture of bone, pathology, and biomechanical loading in life.

Public Service

I am currently serving as a Lay representative for the Severn Deanery. This is an NHS appointment. The Deanery delivers medical education to postgraduate doctors in the Severn region, and my responsibilities include chairing interview panels and contributing to education quality assurance panels.

In 2009 was appointed as an Ambassador for Increasing Diversity in Public Appointments. This is an appointment by the Minister of State for Women and Equalities. My responsibilities include speaking at events sponsored by the Government Equalities Office, and mentoring newly appointed members.

From 2005-2010 I served as a founder member of the Human Tissue Authority, which regulates the removal, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissue in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for a number of purposes such as research, public display, transplantation and education.

Imaging Laboratory

The Imaging Laboratory for Archaeology and Anthropology provides microCT and image analysis facilities for collaborative projects related to biological anthropology, bone health, and archaeology. For further information please contact me at

Bristol Osteoarchaeological Research Group (BORG)

BORG provides osteoarchaeological services to a range of sectors including archaeological contractors and forensic services. For further information please contact me at



Introduction to Bioarchaeology;

Early Human Origins;

Human Skeletons from Archaeological Sites;

Selected publications

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